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  • Never Let You Go

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti, Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,183

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with ending

  • By BonSue on 04-21-17

Painful narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-18

The concept of this story is really good, and I had high hopes. Maybe the story is even good, but the narrator for the daughter... Oh, boy.

One earlier reviewer mentioned nails on a chalkboard, and that sums it up. The narrator for the daughter was so grating, it was an agony to finish.

Worst audible purchase in a while.

  • Good Me Bad Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,464

Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Burn. Little Payoff.

  • By Maia Roberts on 12-06-17

Excellent Narration, Lame Story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Imogen Church is impeccable as narrator. She is the only reason I finished the book.

I found the story immature, almost like a weak young-adult novel, but far too dark for young teens.

Not my cup of tea, I guess. I won't be continuing with this author, but will always be keen to listen to Imogen Church.

  • Making Friends with Your Mind

  • The Key to Contentment
  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Have you ever found yourself thinking your way into a tangle of fret, frustration, or gloom? And then something small - a few kind words, the sun glancing through the clouds, a warm cup of tea - gave you a welcome pause from all your inner chatter? With Making Friends with Your Mind, that's what Pema Chödrön helps us to do, not by chance but with our full intention: to stop fighting with our thoughts and reopen ourselves to wonder as naturally as we breathe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Pema but....

  • By Cenandra on 05-11-17

Acceptance and Peace with yourself

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I really love Pema's books and talks, and this is no different.

I should point out, however, that this IS a live talk, or rather, a series of talks she gave in 2015 over a few days. Being live, there is an audience, and, in fact, in these talks, Pema invites a lot of audience questions.

This was GOOD.

Either the audio was later edited so only solid and valuable questions and responses were produced, or the audience was totally solid from the start. Very good insights by Pema, good life experience questions from the audience, that touched on various aspects of my own life and way of being with the world and myself.

I really recommend this if you like Pema Chodron's works.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Tom Conti, Jane Asher, Ruta Gedmintas, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132

What begins as a routine journey on the luxurious Orient Express soon unfurls into Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery. This all-star production features lead performances from Tom Conti ( The Dark Knight Rises, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo ( After Earth, Hotel Rwanda and Ace Ventura) and Eddie Marsan ( Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta and Hancock) plus a full supporting cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery, dramatized by Audible

  • By Tracy on 11-06-17

A Classic Mystery, dramatized by Audible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Important note - This is a dramatized audio book, not a direct reading of the novel. Which means, this is a novel acted out by a full cast of actors, and is slightly shorter than the full reading would be. Personally, I LOVE dramatized audio, but some may not. Listen to the sample to see what it's like.

Ok, my review: I love Agatha Christie, and have listened to most of the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot classics, either the full version or the dramatized version. I have also read and listened to (and watched!) Murder on the Orient Express, so, while this is an amazing classic mystery, I actually knew the story. And I still loved it! The characters are so rich, the acting is superb, and Poirot is such a delightful treat at any time.

This book throws no surprises, and sticks exactly to the plot of the novel.

This is an Audible Original dramatized book; there is an earlier dramatized version available, by the BBC and featuring John Moffat as Poirot here:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Murder-on-the-Orient-Express-Dramatised-Audiobook/B0042GI7CG/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1509979055&sr=1-1

You may also opt for the full novel instead. There is one read by Kenneth Branagh here on Audible.com here

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Murder-on-the-Orient-Express-Movie-Tie-in-Audiobook/B07664YTBY/ref=a_search_c4_1_3_srTtl?qid=1509979010&sr=1-3

81 of 84 people found this review helpful

  • The Bitter Season

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286

As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless. After moving to the cold case squad in order to spend more time with her sons, she misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter, the sense of urgency of hunting a murderer on the loose. Most of all she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac. Sam is having an even harder time adjusting to Nikki's absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than pieces of Sam's wardrobe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another Tami Hoag Problem Novel

  • By Sires on 01-24-16

Not My Favourite, But OK.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend other books in the Kovac and Liska series (Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Prior Bad Acts, and The Ninth Girl) by Tami Hoag, or, her Oak Knoll series (Deeper than the Dead, Secrets to the Grave, and Down the Darkest Road), which I liked much better.

So, no, I wouldn't really recommend this book, but certainly others by this author.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was fine. Satisfactory. Made sense. But I did see it coming.

Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think I've listened to Colacci before, but he did a really wonderful job narrating the story. He had a good tone, and distinguished the characters really well.

Could you see The Bitter Season being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I can see the Kovac and Liska books (starting with Ashes to Ashes, then Dust to Dust, etc) being made into a TV series. There is good chemistry between the partners and usually good story lines.

Any additional comments?

This book was an ok installment of the series. An acceptable police procedural, but not my favourite by this author.

I just didn't find the story line or the characters or the crimes compelling .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Ultra

  • Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
  • By: Rich Roll
  • Narrated by: Rich Roll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,683

An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two Different Books

  • By Roger on 02-11-14

Inspiring and Exciting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-17

Would you listen to Finding Ultra again? Why?

I have already listened to this book twice, and I would listen again. It is a great story of how a person can hit rock bottom, and then go on to get in peak physical condition even later in life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is written and read by Rich Roll. And it is the Rich Roll story. So, he's my favourite character :) But the book is peppered with people he meets along the way, who help him reach for and achieve his success.

What about Rich Roll’s performance did you like?

Roll narrates the book really well. His voice is nice and personable, he never comes across as preachy, and he is just a smooth narrator for his own story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Finding Ultra: Rediscovering Health and Fitness in Middle Age

Any additional comments?

I found this book really inspiring.

Roll adopts a vegetarian/ vegan diet eventually, which I won't do, but I am aware of the health benefits of proper nutrition, whatever diet one follows.

Seeing how Roll went from raging alcoholic to a yoga-practicing, plant-eating dad and Ultra Man is so motivating!

It is never too late to turn your life around, to start exercising, to eat better, to live better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dog on It

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,944

In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two dewclaws up!

  • By Jessica on 12-08-10

Fun Mystery, Smart Dog!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-17

This is just a really fun listen. I've listened to a few others in the series, and they are all good, so you may as well start with this, the first in the series.

The story is told from the Point of View of Chet, the helpful hound in the this series. The narrator, Frangione, does a great job of giving Chet real personality, and there are some laugh-out-loud scenes.

This is not overly violent, not so dark, and a fun listen. We get to know Bernie (the human P.I.) and his problems (financial, marital) from Chet.

Chet is hilarious, and if you have ever had dogs, this story will resonate with you.

If you like not-overly-serious mysteries, good characters and a bit of fun, this story is for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,768

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FLEETWOOD MAC

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-04-15

Humanity in a Dystopian Armageddon

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-17

What made the experience of listening to The Girl with All the Gifts the most enjoyable?

The narration was really great - I totally got into the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ms. Justineau my favourite character- she is a real heroine, overcoming the conflicts internal and external, to rise above the situation. Melanie, too, was good.

Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favorite?

Welll, I just said I liked Ms. Justineau, but I have to say that Williams performed everyone well, but especially one of the guards, where you can't really decide whether to like him or not. He is not a black-and-white character, and this was well-done.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I really enjoyed this book because of the characters and the narration. I felt attached to the outcome, to the success of our little group, because of the characters.

Any additional comments?

This is not my usual fare; I am not a sci-fi person really, but I did enjoy this story a lot. It was adventurous and tense and frustrating and compelling.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,842
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,830

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BUY BUY BUY! Read review NO SPOILERS

  • By george on 07-24-17

When You Lose Your Sanity....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys psychological suspense.

It was a good story with good character descriptions and good narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, this is told from the perspective of the main character, and as such, she is the one I most identified with and felt protective of.

Have you listened to any of Georgia Maguire’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think so, but she did a really good job here. I found her voice pleasant, and she did a good job capturing the main character's mood and sense of unease.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't have an extreme reaction, really. This book is suspenseful, and I sort of had it figured early on, so found myself yelling at the narrator to warn her :)It was not a challenging listen, but it was good.

Any additional comments?

I liked B.A. Paris' first novel (Behind Closed Doors) better, but this is still a solid listen. I enjoyed the story, found it suspenseful, and will be in line for Paris' next book.

  • Murder, She Wrote: A Question of Murder

  • By: Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

Jessica is invited to join other crime writers at an interactive murder mystery weekend in a historic mansion turned resort. A theatrical troupe presents a play for the paying guests, but a young actor's death during the actual performance isn't part of the script. The local sheriff has never investigated a murder before and enlists Jessica's help and expertise. As she begins to put the pieces together in her folksy fashion, Jessica recognizes that this could well be her last performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you loved the show..you will enjoy the book

  • By Pamela on 04-30-12

Jessica Does it Again :)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-17

I am a real fan of the Murder, She Wrote series. I loved the TV show back in the 80's and 90's, and am so happy to have the audio books to snuggle up to now.

This novel - A Question of Murder - is a good installment of the series. A murder occurs in an isolated hotel where Jessica, some other writers, and guests end up stranded due to a snow storm. A great setting for Jessica to solve a murder!

The narrator is very good, and the characters are fun. Although we don't see our usual crew of Doc Hazlitt or the Sheriff, the characters who populate this story are interesting, and fun.

Why only four stars? Just because, as is the nature of these books, the story is pretty formulaic (in a good way), the book is cozy, but not earth-shattering or stunning.

Well worth the credit, especially if you liked the TV series.